Potato Leek Soup

January 30, 2010

I just made this soup on Sunday – a merger between two potato leek soup recipes. It was really yummy and great for a cold winter’s night!! And the non-vegan boys in the house love it with crumbled bacon on top.

10 medium leeks

olive oil

salt and pepper

8 cups veggie stock

1 stalk celery

a few sprigs of thyme

1 bay leaf

1 small bunch rosemary

2 cloves garlic

1 pd yellow potatoes

white wine vinegar

a few sprigs parsley

Clean leeks. Cut in half lengthwise and slice thinly. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed pot. Add leeks and cook until just tender – they should still be slightly crunchy and bright green. Salt to taste. Add veggie stock along with minced garlic and a bouquet garni made of thyme, celery, bay leaf, rosemary, salt and pepper. Add potatoes, cut into small cubes. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer. Cook until veggies are tender but not falling apart. Season to taste with about 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar and more salt if necessary. Serve hot garnished with a little chopped parsley and a few grinds of the peppermill, and if you wish, with grilled or toasted slices of bread.

(or for the meat eaters in our family I crumble some well-done bacon on top.)

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I made up this recipe based on a few I’ve eaten when I’m out and about. I’m really happy with it. You can add more or less dressing depending on your preference:

1 cup mixed wild rice, cooked

1 cup barley, cooked

1 cup black quinoa, cooked

1 – 2 cups pumpkin seeds (roasted tamari pumpkin seeds are nice)

5 celery stalks, chopped and lightly sautéed

4 large carrots, chopped and lightly sautéed

(some sautéed fennel is also nice if you have some around)

3/4 cup of dried cranberries

Bunch of green onion, chopped

Bunch of parsley, chopped

Bunch of cilantro, chopped

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Toss with the dressing below.

Dressing:

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon grated ginger

dash maple syrup

1/2 cup Olive oil

Salt and Pepper